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Chandra Prabha Sanctuary

Chandra Prabha Wildlife Sanctuary otherwise known to be Chandraprabha is located in eastern sector of Indian state, Uttar Pradesh. Chandraprabha is quiet popular in this region because of its beautiful waterfalls like Devdari and Rajdari, big dense forests and interesting picnic spots to attract huge volume of tourists everyday to this place. From the historic place Varanasi, Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is located approximately 70 km.  Chandraprabha Sanctuary is amazingly widespread in an area of approximately 78 square kilometer and lies exactly on the Vijaigarh and Naugarh hillocks that come under the range of Vindhya Forest in Chandauli.


Chandra Prabha Sanctuary was inaugurated in the month of May 1957. The sanctuary is wide spread in an area of about 9600 hectare. The central core area of Chandra Prabha Sanctuary covers an area of about 2,686 hectare whereas the buffering area is approximately 66000 hectares including Kashi Wildlife Division.  In the year 1958, Chandraprabha welcomed Asiatic lions to its venue. This move was turned out to be outstanding as the lions increase their population between 3 and eleven by the year 1969. But later on, there was decrease in the population of lions. This led to the revision of plan in the year 1993 after the approval of Indian Government.



A wide range of wild animals can be spotted at Chandra Prabha Sanctuary including Indian gazelle, porcupine, wild boar, Nilgai, Sambhar, chital, blackbucks, Leopard, monkey, Indian Gazelle, Wild cat, Wild Fox and jackal etc…Other reptilian species include python and gharial. There is a considerable increase in populations of few beasts like boars and leopards are seen in last few years.


There are quite a good number of birds to watch in Chandra Prabha Sanctuary. This is an excellent place for bird watchers to watch more than 150 different species of beautiful birds. Ber, Koraiya, tendu, amaltas, saagun and mahua comprises its wild vegetation population.


On the concept of flora, Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is made up of dry and deciduous forest which in turn made up of laminated stone and gneiss.

Best Time to Visit

The ideal time to visit Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is between the months of July and February. During rain and after rain season bring special attraction to this sanctuary. One can visit this Sanctuary between 6 am and 5 pm on all days.


Guest house is available in Chandra Prabha Sanctuary. One can book it through phone (+91 542 2668231).

Attractions in National Park

People used to roam around this Chandra Prabha Sanctuary enjoying all its wildlife, natural scenic beauty, dense forest and chilled climate in the winter season and during rainy season the water filled waterfalls add extra attraction to this beauty packed sanctuary. Chandra Prabha Sanctuary serves as ideal and natural habitat with lush grasslands, caves and waterfalls for various flora and fauna. One can go for great jungle tourism in this sanctuary, enjoying bio-diversity and natural beauty.

Few Interesting Places Inside this Sanctuary

Raj Dari

This is the major attraction spot of this sanctuary that is covered by forest area. There is a picnic spot developed by forest department close to this stepped waterfall from where tourist can enjoy the scenic beauty of this waterfall.

Deo Dari

Deo Dari is situated at a distance of about 500 meter towards the downward direction of Raj Dari waterfall.

Chandra Prabha Dam

Chandra Prabha Dam is developed by Department of irrigation to act as main water source for both sanctuary and waterfalls.
There is a Nature Interpretation Centre displaying the names of various species, a resource centre, a library, a canteen and Guest house belonging to Forest Department. There are rooms available in the range of Rs. 100 to Rs. 300 near Raj Dari waterfall.

Chandra Prabha Sanctuary Charges

  • Rs. 30 is collected for Indian citizen; Rs. 350 is collected for foreigners
  • Vehicle parking charges: Rs. 10 is collected for scooter parking, Rs. 50 for Jeep / Car, Rs.100 is collected for bus.
  • Movie camera charges: Indians are supposed to pay Rs. 3500 and Rs. 7000 is collected from foreigners.

How to Reach

Chandra Prabha Sanctuary is located approximately 65 km from holy city of Varanasi.

By Air

The nearest airport is at Babatpur, Varanasi located about 90 km from Chandra Prabha Sanctuary.

By Rail

The nearest railway junction is in Varanasi which is about 65 km from this sanctuary. Being a holy city, Varanasi is well connected with all major parts of India. Mughalsarai is another railway station located about 55 km from Chandra Prabha Sanctuary.

By Road

The nearest major city is Varanasi. The highly convenient route to reach Chandra Prabha Sanctuary can be easily reached by hiring locally available taxi and driving down. It will take maximum of two hours to reach this spot.